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Posted at 5:30 AM ET, 01/15/2010

Best education blogs for 2010

By Valerie Strauss

Here we go.

My esteemed blogging Post colleague Jay Mathews--the author of Class Struggle, books and other online features too numerous to count--present our choices for the best education blogs for this year. Jay is quite certain that these choices will undoubtedly alter the course of the Internet, and it is generally a bad practice to bet against Jay.

We sought a mix of the serious and the sublime. We disqualified the legendary ed blogs we already display in the margins of our own blogs. (For me, that includes blogs by Joanne Jacobs, Susan Ohanian, Core Knowledge, and Bridging Differences, which is one of Jay’s choices below).

We divvied up the descriptions, but we both endorse every selection. Once you have reviewed our choices, you are obliged tell Jay where we went wrong. (He is used to be yelled at.) There is always next year.

A Passion for Teaching and Opinions
By a northern California teacher and coach, one of the best written and most interesting of teacher blogs. Good with an expletive, like my favorite coaches, he often makes me laugh.--Jay.

Assorted Stuff
The blogger is a Fairfax County schools tech guy who kicks me around frequently, thus getting extra points--Jay.

Charter Insights
Fun to read, very droll, focuses mostly on Colorado but has some national insights.--Jay

Free Tech 4 Teachers
I am not qualified to judge ed tech blogs, but we need to have some. Many readers mentioned these guys, and they seem smart and vivid.--Jay

Educated Reporter
Author and former Washington Post reporter Linda Perlstein is public editor for the Education Writers Association. Her writing is aimed at helping journalists improve coverage of schools and children but is accessible to non-journalists as well.--Valerie

Education Policy Blog
Smart educators, including local classroom star Ken Bernstein, a.k.a. teacherken. They debate everything from school lunches to standards. --Jay

Education Week--Bridging
[Bias alert] I’m on the Edweek board. I correspondent frequently with these two bloggers, Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier. But they may be the most knowledgeable and articulate education experts in the country, so I am ignoring the conflict of interest.--Jay

A professor of education and a director of education policy take in-depth looks at "the power of sociey, schools, colleges and educators to empower individuals, further learning, and reduce inequities ... and have a little fun along the way." -- Valerie

GFBrandenburg’s Blog
This blogger loathes the D.C. schools chancellor, so his work is instructive for Rhee fans like me. He is terrific with statistics and a dogged reporter.

Inside School Research with Debra Viadero
Veteran education reporter Debra Viadero of Education Week knows how to dig into research on schools and learning and tell us whether it makes sense or not. Her posts are informative and lively.--Valerie [note: Debra is a guest blogger on The Answer Sheet]

My Bellringers
Here are the tart observations of a Texas teacher and author. She has been flogging her book lately, but what’s wrong with that? --Jay

National Journal
A well-rounded blog that presents a wide of voice on all aspects of education policy.-- Valerie

New America Foundation blogs
Early Ed Watch, Higher Ed Watch, Ed Money Watch all offer informative and original reporting and analysis on their respective subjects.--Valerie

Public School Insights
Sponsored by a consortium of districts, the Learning First Alliance, this site has a very smart and interesting blogger who ranges wide over the country.--Jay

Journalist Sarah Ebner helps readers understand what she calls "the maze" of Britain’s education system. --Valerie

Stories From School
National Certified teachers tell stories about how policy decisions impact learning and teaching. -- Valerie

The Quick and the Ed
The blog of the independent think tank Education Sector offers unorthodox analysis on the latest in education policy and research on a range of education subjects.-- Valerie

The Line
Smart, funny comments by a 7th grade teacher, Dina Strasser, who writes very well. -- Jay

The Teachers Desk
By teacher Jacqueline McTaggert, this is a place where teachers share ideas and opinions--and parents can stop by too. McTaggert has some fun features, including "Dunce Cap," where she dishonors somebody every month for doing something dumb, and "Gold Star," where she gives praise where praise is due.-- Valerie

This Week in Education
Journalist and former Senate education staffer Alexander Russo writes about everything happening in education news and politics. Always something new to learn.--Valerie

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By Valerie Strauss  | January 15, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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Thanks so much for including Public School Insights in the list.

You might also want to include Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day in future lists: In fact, he belongs among the "legendary blogs" you name above the list. He's a force of nature.

And let's not forget Nancy Flanagan's wonderful blog, or the gifted teacher bloggers at the Teacher Leaders Network ( And many others....

Posted by: ClausvonZastrow | January 15, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

And let's not forget other wonderful blogs like NSBA's Boardbuzz, NSDC's reflections, the PDK Blog, and the PTA blog, which bring viewpoints of parents, educators and ed policymakers into the discussion.

Posted by: ClausvonZastrow | January 15, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

There are many terrific sites for discussion of twenty-first century education issues. Thanks especially to Core Knowledge and Bridging Differences.

Posted by: phoss1 | January 15, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Great list, but you can also add in this one:

Around the most USA education news ever on one site.

Posted by: richard48 | January 15, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The link for National Journal is incorrect. It should be:

And thanks for the list- I've been putting together my own list (higher ed focused) for a colleague this afternoon and it's nice to see an "expert" opinion.

Posted by: sayyadina | January 15, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

thanks for including me, valerie and jay -- but that won't stop me from coming up with my own irascible critique of your list:

you left out some good ones, and included some folks who are too staid and long past their expiration date.

but still, thanks!

/ alexander @thisweekineducation

Posted by: alexanderrusso | January 16, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Thank you so much for this honour. Obviously any list like this is subjective, but I was delighted to see my name on it. I think I might be the only British one too (even better!)

Posted by: sarahebner | January 19, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

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